The Thomas Jefferson Hour
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The Thomas Jefferson Hour features conversations with Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, as portrayed by the award-winning humanities scholar and author, Clay Jenkinson. The weekly discussion features Mr. Jefferson’s views on events of his time, contemporary issues facing America and answers to questions submitted by his many listeners. To ask President Jefferson a question visit his website at jeffersonhour.com
||Clean#1226 American Happiness||"You can't understand Jefferson without understanding slavery; you can't understand the paradox of his life and the words that he wrote in the Declaration of Independence without understanding this historical connection with Sally Hemings and with the...||3/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1225 Liberty's First Crisis||Our conversation this week is with the scholar, Charles Slack. Slack is the author of Liberty's First Crisis: Adams, Jefferson, and the Misfits Who Saved Free Speech. His book chronicles the tumultuous early years of the United States when dissent was...||3/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1224 Friends of the Hour||Today, listeners call us and ask questions directly to President Jefferson. The inquiries cover a broad collection of topics: Jefferson's relationship with the press, postage costs during his time, President Andrew Jackson, patents, banking,...||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1223 The Logan Act||President Thomas Jefferson explains the Logan Act's origin, its possible uses and its connection to Alexander Hamilton. George Logan was a Quaker, doctor, farmer and state legislator from Pennsylvania who undertook, as a private citizen and at his own...||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1222 First Retirement (Part Two)||Jefferson 117||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1221 The First 100 Days||Clay S. Jenkinson discusses Thomas Jefferson’s election as President in 1801, his first 100 days in office, and notes the sometimes-uncanny parallels with our time. Find this episode, along with further recommended reading, on the blog. Learn more...||2/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1220 First Retirement (Part One)||Jefferson 116||2/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1219 Inauguration, Then & Now||President Thomas Jefferson is asked to provide context for presidential inaugurations. Clay & David discuss our third president's inaugural address — its content & its tone — while comparing it to the address of our forty-fifth president,...||2/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1218 Two Parties||We speak with President Thomas Jefferson this week about the unexpected emergence of the two-party political system during his time. Find this episode, along with further recommended reading, on the blog. Learn more about "John Steinbeck’s...||1/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jefferson Watch: The Inauguration||In the first of a new series of essays, Clay draws comparisons between the inaugurations of Presidents Donald Trump and Thomas Jefferson. The full essay can also be found on the blog. "By not acknowledging the fact of the opposition—and making some...||1/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThomas Jefferson's Inauguration||This bonus episode is an excerpt from #752 Inaugural, originally published in January of 2009. Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson, discusses his inaugural address of March 4th, 1801. You can hear the original episode in full on the...||1/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1217 Secretary of State (Part Two)||This week, we return with the 15th installment of the “Jefferson 101” series. In this second of two shows discussing Jefferson’s time as the first Secretary of State, we learn more about Jefferson’s vision of America and the strong...||1/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
A Breath of Fresh Air
Mr. Jenkinson as Thomas Jefferson allows listeners to get past the limited amount of information the American public has on this founding father. In addition to this, his knowledge and insight into the minds of many (if not all) of the founding fathers allows readers to connect with the way American Republic was meant to be through Mr. Jefferson's eyes. Mr. Jekinson is a breath of fresh air to Podcasts and Public Radio alike; whos "Thomas Jefferson Hour" is truly one of the hidden treasures for it's large following.
Don't drop what your doing, listen and learn while you work!
I think my U.S. history IQ went up about 3 points after listening to this engaging and highly entertaining blast from the past. Clay Jenkins' in depth knowledge of every facet of Jeffersons' persona comes out in these interviews with Jeffersons' charactar.
An Excellent Exercise of the Mind
Mr. Jenkinson readily admits that he is interpreting Jefferson, but it is not as though he is a novice in Jeffersonian philosophy after twenty years of studying him and memorizing his writings. I have listened to every episode available on iTunes, and I can honestly say I am a better man, a better American for it. No, I do not always agree with what is said. Sometimes I disagree with President Jefferson; more frequently, I disagree with Mr. Jenkinson's world-view as he presents it after the President has his turn. It is very telling when Mr. Jenkinson strongly disagrees with Jefferson. It tells us that he is doing his best to present Jefferson as openly and honestly as he is able, even when what Jefferson has to say is rather distasteful in our modern world. Why do we think we have to agree with everything that is said in order to benefit from a program? Mr. Jenkinson's personal views at the end of the show tend to be slightly leftist (whether he admits it or not), but it is usually not so extreme that we should dismiss it out-of-hand. Despite his distorted view of what conservatives are, he equally condemns the behavior of people he calls "Bush-Bashers." He tries to be thoughtful about his positions, and that is respectable. Regarding The Thomas Jefferson Hour (30 minutes), a person who will engage himself in the intellectual exercise of considering the content of this show cannot help but improve his mind. I highly recomend approaching this show with a discerning mind, but highly recommend the show, nonetheless.
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